Prayer: May we see those moments when you are revealed to us, God. Amen.
Reading: Ephesians 3: 1-12 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: As we’ve been talking about the Characters of Christmas, one of the characters that intrigues me is the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. In our passage today from St. Paul, he talks about mysteries being revealed. I thought of the donkey when I read that.
Imagine being summoned to carry the expectant mother over hill and dale. I have a children’s book that tells the Christmas story from the perspective of the donkey. It’s fascinating to think if that animal was aware of what was happening. In the book, Donkey Daniel, as he is called, is amazed to see the great light when the Christ child was born. He is glad to have witnessed this event. The mystery of his travels was revealed.
May we, too, be amazed when God reveals something to us. Be on the lookout for those “Aha” moments when you know God is speaking to you.
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